Shunk-Kender

Art through the eye of the camera (1957-1983)

MASI Palazzo Reali
1.03-20.09.2020

An exhibition conceived and realised by Centre Pompidou, Paris, in collaboration with Museo d’arte della Svizzera italiana

Shunk-Kender
Yves Klein, Le Saut dans le vide (The leap into the void), October 19, 1960
Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender
Photograph: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. All rights reserved

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About

The recently renovated spaces of Palazzo Reali are the setting for the exhibition of the work of photographers Harry Shunk and János Kender, who created an invaluable record of the world of avant-garde art and its most famous representatives – Andy Warhol, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Yves Klein, Daniel Spoerri, Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely – in Paris and New York. The exhibition features 450 original photographs and documents that have been selected from among the 10,000 donated by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in 2014, now held in the Bibliotèque Kandinsky in Paris. The photos shown are grouped in sections titled “Intimities”, “The Body in Action” and “New Spaces” and plunge viewers into the art scene between the late 1950s and early ’70s, a period in which artists were especially interested in experimentalism and sexual and artistic freedom, while also on the constant look-out for alternative spaces in which to create and show their work. Shunk and Kender were onlookers but also artists and authors of their time: images have a dual nature in that they offer important documentation while also being photographic works in themselves.

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Shunk-Kender, John Baldessari, Pier 18, New York, 1971
Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender
Photograph: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. All rights reserved
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Shunk-Kender, Yves Klein, Le Saut dans le vide (The leap into the void), October 19, 1960
Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender
Photograph: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. All rights reserved
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Shunk-Kender, Andy Warhol, Hôtel Royale Bison, Paris, May 1965
Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender
Photograph: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. All rights reserved
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Shunk-Kender, Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and Chuck Wein, Hôtel Royale Bison, Paris, May 1965
Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender
Photograph: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. All rights reserved
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Shunk-Kender, Ultra Violet, New York, circa 1967-1970
Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender
Photograph: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. All rights reserved
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Shunk-Kender, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Coast, Little Bay, Sydney, circa 1968-1969
Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender
Photograph: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. All rights reserved
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Shunk-Kender, Mimmo Rotella, Paris, 1962
Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender
Photograph: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. All rights reserved
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Shunk-Kender, Jean Tinguely, unidentified location, circa 1960-1967
Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender
Photograph: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. All rights reserved
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Shunk-Kender, Harry Shunk et János Kender, self portrait, Italy, 1966
Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender
Photograph: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. All rights reserved
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Shunk-Kender, Christo et Jeanne-Claude, Monument emballé, demonstration against the wrapping of the statue of Vittorio Emanuele II
during the festival to celebrate 10th anniversary of Nouveau Réalisme
, Milan, 1970
Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender
Photograph: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. All rights reserved
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Shunk-Kender, César, Expansion, 10th anniversary of Nouveau Réalisme, Milan, 1970
Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender
Photograph: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. All rights reserved
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Shunk-Kender, Jean Tinguely, Monument à la fertilité devant le Duomo, 10th anniversary of Nouveau Réalisme, Milan, 1970
Gift of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation in memory of Harry Shunk and János Kender
Photograph: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust. All rights reserved

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